Posted at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6, 2016

Women ranked No. 6

Women to host Eastern Florida

The Golden Eagles women’s soccer team has declared open season on opposing nationally ranked junior college teams.

The Golden Eagles were unranked to start the season but are now ranked No. 6 in the latest NJCAA Division I women’s soccer rankings after defeating No. 7 Iowa Western Community College and tying with then-No. 4 Monroe Community College (Monroe fell to eighth in the ranking this week).

The Golden Eagles’ overall record is 6-1-1 and 5-1 in conference, but big games against more top-ranked teams are on the horizon.

The Golden Eagles will play key matchups with nationally ranked opponents in the final stretch of the season. LCCC will play No. 17 Otero Junior College at 4 p.m. Oct. 1, and the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, Eastern Florida State College, at 4 p.m. Oct. 14. Both matches will be held at the LCCC Athletics Fields.

Otero is tied for second place in Region IX with Trinidad State Junior College, behind LCCC. Otero is led by Chole Craig and Cassandra Moosburger, who have scored five goals each this season.

The Golden Eagles beat Otero earlier in the season as well as picked up wins against Northeastern Junior College, Northwest College and Sheridan College.

Eastern Florida State’s aggressive offense so far this season is led by Darien Davis, who has averaged nearly four shots on goal a game, and Nathali Da Silva, who averages three shots on goal a game, netting two of those each game. The Titans also boast Paula Astiazaran, who scored 29 goals in the 2015-2016 season. However, Astiazaran has not played since the first game of the season.

Midfielder Shauni Griffiths leads the Golden Eagles in assists with five and is tied for 25th in the nation in assists. Forward Jemma House leads the Golden Eagles in shots with 47 and is first in the nation in shots. House also leads the Golden Eagles in goals with seven, putting her in a tie for 41st in the nation. Goalie Jess Urquhart leads the Golden Eagles in saves with 15. Urquhart is 19th in the nation in wins with four while allowing only 1.05 goals a game.

Before the Golden Eagles take on the nationally ranked opponents, it first faces Northeastern and Trinidad State at home on Sept. 28 and Sept. 30, respectively.